Back at the time that the previously unissued music on this 1998 CD was performed, Les McCann was known as a funky jazz pianist who occasionally sang; his famous version of "Compared to What" was a year away. For a purely instrumental trio date recorded live at the Village Vanguard with bassist Leroy Vinnegar and drummer Frank Severino, McCann is heard throughout in prime form. He digs into his typical repertoire of the period, which includes "Love for Sale," "Sunny," "I Am in Love," "Goin' Out of My Head," Vinnegar's "Doing That Thing" and three of his originals (best known of which is "The Shampoo," which is heard here as a brief closing theme). Overall, this CD gives one a good example of how McCann sounded in his early days.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow